Welcome to Reform Temple of Putnam Valley Religious School!
A child’s development of a Jewish education is a multi-faceted process involving the Education Program Director, Rabbi, teacher, student, congregation, and you, the parent. Through our activities in and outside of the classroom, we seek to foster an understanding of Reform or Progressive Judaism, a relationship to the temple family, a connection to the Jewish people, and a desire to pursue deeds of social justice.
Our goal is to foster a connection to the:
- Hebrew study
- Jewish studies and values
- Music and T’fillah (worship)
- Family Education
- Social Action Programs
- a love for Israel, and most of all, becoming a mensch (a responsible and caring person).
While a child may come from an interfaith household and may celebrate non-Jewish holidays with family members, the expectation is that they will be raised exclusively as a Jew.
Annice Benamy, Chazzanit-Education Program Director, was raised in the Reform Movement and continues to play an active role within it. Within a congregational setting, she has served as a song leader, music teacher, family educator, junior congregation coordinator, and classroom teacher by the time she completed college.
For the past 28 years, Annice’s educational experiences include K-8 vocal music teacher, Fine Arts building supervisor, and educational staff trainer. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, who has proven her effectiveness in the classroom every day. She is also a graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, earned a master’s degree in Music Education from Cleveland State University, earned Supervisor Certification from Rutgers University, and recently earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching the Holocaust and Prejudice Reduction at Kean University.
Annice successfully combined her love of Judaism and music to complete the Hebrew College’s Certificate of Jewish Sacred Music. Her love of Reform Judaism permeates into every aspect of the religious school as well as the RTPV community.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Chazzanit-Education Program Director Benamy by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message at 845-528-4774.